Questions tagged [toddler]

Age specific questions from about 1 year to about 3 years. Younger: infant. Older: pre-schooler.

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What is the cause (or solution) to 10-min apart awakenings of 15 month old?

Father here of a child about 15 months old who has never been a great sleeper but has been improving over time. Notable parameters are: 1) very regular routine for naps and sleep, 2) still nursing, ...
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Consequences: Act or talk first?

I'm in disagreement with my spouse on how to handle consequences for our usually well behaved 2.5yo toddler. I prefer telling him how to behave, e.g. "Don't sit on your baby brother" (and pulling him ...
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How to cut the nails on my toddler?

Every week it is like torture for all three of us. My 15 months old son screams and thrashes around, somehow he hates it. We try to distract him, with head massage or some far relative cutting it, but ...
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My 5 year old got suspended for insubordination. This is his 2nd suspension how can I better help him

School just started and already my kindergartner has been suspended twice. This time it's for insubordination. He is only 5. How can I better help him with his behavior? His behavior at home is not ...
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My toddler son likes to hug a playmate but the playmate (boy) often doesn't want to

He is two and playmate is the same age. They play well together but the playmate rebuffs hugs- how do you handle that?
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Should you play games with a toddler that they're very good at and always win?

I have been reading the Should you let a toddler win question and it appears to be a bad thing to let a child always win. I have been playing the memory cards game (where you have to find two ...
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Putting a toddler to sleep and have him continue to sleep

We have a 2 year old son. He's wonderful and we love him very much. There are two problems that we have... 1 - I am his father. I have very rarely put him to sleep by myself. I'd like to help my ...
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Strategies for 2-year-olds who play in bed instead of relaxing

For most of his life our toddler had no issue settling down to sleep on his own (in fact leaving him alone in a crib was the only way, as an infant, we could get him to sleep, and it worked reliably; ...
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How to help my daughter's 2-year-old son overcome his separation anxiety?

My daughter is a single mom with a 2-year-old boy. He cries when she needs to do dishes and laundry. Even if he had eye contact with her, he doesn't want to play on his own or watch one of his movies,...
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An absent father not being absent anymore

Four years ago my daughter's biological dad walked out on us for another family when my daughter was 6 months old. At the time we were only teenagers. He never asked about her or bothered to pay a ...
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How to teach a 3 year old to use an appropriate amount of toilet paper?

We're potty-training our 3-year old, and we'd like for him to be learning how to wipe himself after he goes. However, if he is unsupervised he frequently uses an excessive amount of toilet paper. On a ...
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I want to teach my children the power of compound growth, what are some demonstrations that they can be a part of?

Like all parents, we want our children to lead happy lives. One of the critical components to that is giving them the mental tools and experiences so that they can make good economic decisions in ...
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How to stop a 1-year-old from biting?

I have an adorable, sweet, funny 1-year-old who has developed a bad habit of biting. He usually only bites when he's frustrated, for example: another 1-year-old child I nanny for, cries unless he's ...
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What to do about my almost 3-year-old daughter pooing her nappy and not telling anyone?

I have a 2.5-year-old daughter. She is almost almost 3. She poos her nappy and doesn't tell anyone to the point her bum is red and blistered. Can anyone give me advice or have something similar why ...
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How to handle a 2 year old's preconceived ideas about the “gender” of toys

I have a 2 year old grandson that I take care for half a week and his dad the other half. My grandson recently told me he didn't want to play with any "girly" toys. This happened over a pair of ...
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How do I get junk off a reluctant toddler's teeth? [duplicate]

I have a two-year-old son who is extremely mild-mannered but hates having his teeth brushed. He cries, squirms, clamps his mouth shut, sticks out his tongue to block the toothbrush, etc. He's been ...
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What to do about my almost 3-year-old son now going late to bed and wanting us to stay in his room with him?

My 2 years and 9 months old son has never been the best sleeper, but we don't know what to do anymore. He used to go to bed without a hitch at 8:30 pm and sometimes get up at 2-3 am or sleep until 5:...
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Children mimic parents, but what to do when it gets out of hand?

There's this 3.5 year old that I know, who keeps saying/yelling "Listen to me" when you try to correct him. He probably gets it from his parents, who I've seen saying the same thing when they're ...
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20 month old doesn't follow commands

My 20 month old doesn't respond to commands. He doesn't talk yet. He is not responding to his name. Hearing problem? But, he responds and looks at me when I sing any of his rhymes. Wherever he is ...
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How do I manage my toddler's fear to use the potty?

My LO is almost 15 months. She just started walking and has been really good at climbing on chairs for a while so I figured we'd buy a potty, no pressure, just to get her used to the idea. I sat her ...
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What is the most gentle way to break an association in a 15 months old?

We are doing a daycare transition currently. My LO is 15 months old next week. I spent all AM and lunch there with her yesterday and today. It's a family based homecare and I've only heard very ...
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Can I safely give my two year old a book he vomited on?

I just bought a new book with paper pages. On the drive home, my two year old threw up his supper into the book. I did my best to clean it, but it's paper, not board, so it absorbed some of the liquid....
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How do I tell my daughter the only dad she's ever known, isn't her biological dad? [duplicate]

I had my oldest daughter very young, with a man that chose to not be involved at the time (Who now has two more children by two different woman) we split up when my oldest daughter was about 1. Not ...
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How do I get my 3 year old to stop pooping in his pants?

My son is 3 years and 9 months old. He has an amazing personality. In short, he takes the world by his terms. He has been working on potty training for sometime now and I understand there will be ...
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My 2-year-old son can't speak beyond 2 words yet?

My son will turn 2 on the 5th of August this year. He hasn't picked up any words beyond mama and papa. Firstly is it okay that he hasn't yet spoken beyond these 2 words? There are a few things which ...
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Does my toddler have night terrors or anything else? [duplicate]

My daughter is 2 years and 7 months old. Sometimes at night, she starts crying badly during sleep and wakes up, but does not stop crying. She calls me mama mama and when I hold her she never stops ...
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What is the method to change a diaper without any tables or chairs?

I'm usually outside most of the time and I was wondering what is the best method of changing a diaper of a toddler while preventing them from constantly moving around to make a mess if they pooped. ...
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Advice on dating when I have children

I have 2 young girls (4 and 1 1/2), and am single. I have recently returned to the dating scene. I like guys and have brought a number home, that have slept over. I'm worried that the girls, seeing ...
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Should I be concerned if my toddler doesn't use words for communication

He is 1 year and 8 months old. Note recognising and saying is no problem. He knows a few useful words but he really only uses "mummy" and "daddy" for communication. It would be great if he could ask "...
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Will sitting on the potty for a boy affect his standing later during pee time?

My boy not 3 yet is fully potty trained, the problem is he's sitting on the potty even during pee time. Should I try teaching him peeing while standing or it will come naturally and just let him ...
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Should I be concerned about my 1-year-old and her mother moving in with a man I've never met?

About 8 months ago, I and the mother of my 1-year-old child separated. Everything was mutual and amicable and we have a reasonably good relationship now - if a bit awkward. This weekend, when I ...
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How to properly discipline a toddler?

I am a single dad of a two year old and one of the things I struggle the most with is how to properly discipline her (for lack of a better term). For example, today while we were getting ready to ...
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Toddler won't settle down with dad

Our child is 1.5 years old. He has been sleeping next to his mum in a crib since birth and has grown up to be very attached to her, but as my wife has chronic diseases she gets too exhausted because ...
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How to discourage my 3-year-old from intentionally squishing bugs?

I have a just under 3-year-old girl. We spend a lot of time outside exploring nature. Often I'll pick up a bug and after she agrees to be gentle with it, I'll give it to her. She'll play with it for ...
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Helping a child who's still developing language skills to understand she's being given a chance to make a decision

I'm asking about interacting with my 1.5 year old goddaughter. I'll start off by saying I believe it's good for kids to make decisions and feel empowered to do so when possible. I want to give a kid ...
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What is a good milk substitute for toddlers?

My 2 year old son just loves his milk, and can be a picky eater. So getting him to eat fruits and vegetables can be a problem. Unfortunately, drinking milk causes him to be quite constipated. He may ...
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Should I start teaching my 2.4-year-old mathematics?

My son is 29 months old. He has shown me that he has good memory, so far he knows all the shapes, all the letters A-Z (he can pin point and name them), can solve a 8-9 puzzle (car, farm etc.). And I'...
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My two year old will not keep her diaper on and will poop in bed and on the floor

My daughter first took an interest in toilet training around 20 months. She was afraid of the adult sized toilet but enjoyed using a smaller child sized replica. She did great at first always asking ...
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Potty a 2 year old, who uses the potty in day care, and not at home

My 2 year old daughter, has been potty training with pull up for the past 3 months. So far at day care she uses the potty perfectly, with no accident. At home she doesn't want to go at all we ask her ...
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Best exercise for flat feet in toddler

My daughter is 18 months old and has started walking at the age of 14 months. We have noticed flat feet signs in one foot (heel bulged inward while walking and toes curved slightly outward). ...
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Does scaring children really traumatize them?

I'm not talking about scaring as a way of enforcing desirable behaviour, like "eat your veggies or the bogeyman will get you". I'm not even talking about serious scares like faking somebody's death. ...
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social skill concern raised [closed]

I posted in January about my concerns of my boy's social skill and now we have a new development. My boy will be 3 this July, and his teacher in daycare spoke to my wife today raising a concern ...
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18 month old hitting siblings

Our 18 month old has been hitting his older sister and brother with his hands and also objects. He's not just tapping them either - he really whacks them and it usually causes them a lot of pain. So ...
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How to handle a biting toddler in the crèche?

My daughter is in a child caring facility (a Montessori children's house, for what it's worth) in a crèche group of children from about 1 year to 3 years old. For some months now, one child from the ...
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My son is refusing to pee [closed]

My son turned 4 in December and is still in pull ups. This is because they are easier to change than an actual diaper. I was going through 2-3 packs of pull ups in a week, then about a week ago over ...
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Toddlers cries when mum or grandparents leave the living area

He is one year and eight months. We live downstairs (grandparents live upstairs) and there is an exit door that connects to the genkan (we live in Japan- entry area) before the front door. No problem ...
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Toddler sleeping with head covered

My son is 21 months. He can sleep with and without blankets no problem. But when he has any blankets I usually allow multiple hospital like baby blankets. If he isn't snuggling to them then they are ...
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How to stop a toddler disturbing mother's eating

My wife often eats on kotatsu- low table. My 1year 8 months old will drop everything to disturb her eating- grabbing at the plates of food. He is not hungry and won't play with me. He will disturb her ...
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Toddler wakes many times in night

My nearly 2 1/2 year old daughter has now started waking up during the night mostly after 1am and waking into our room. We recently took down the cot side rail (it was one of those that converts into ...
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Feeding a picky 18 month old - too early to send to bed hungry?

My little girl (17.5 months) is a fairly good eater, but often refuses a meal I have made knowing I will bring her other options until she eats. I want to raise her as a good eater, but I don't know ...